– SUGAR PLUM DREAMS-
Book characters Molly, Fern and Nonna are thrilled to be celebrating their first Christmas! XOXO
‘The Sugar Plum Fairy Party’ was a festive holiday luncheon in Carmel-by-the-Sea at Sunset Center. Book character ‘Nonna’ (performed by Nonna Catherine) featured The Wild Buck, set in Del Monte Forest, for a book reading. This ‘Silver Anniversary’ showcasesed the iconic Del Monte Hotel, with characters Sam Morse, John Steinbeck, Salvador Dali and Louis Armstrong.
-Supporting the Carmel Library Foundation-
Locally owned Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts a fabulous gingerbread house making activity to support our local library. “Read Good Books!”
-Thank You American Veterans For Your Service-
Ricardo Porlito, Vietnam Vet, won The Wild Buck. Ricardo’s wife is a teacher. Books are donated for the holidays for Veteran’s to give to children or grandchildren as gifts.
‘Merry Christmas’ from book characters Molly, Fern and Nonna. Take a stroll down historic Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, and enjoy the festive lights. Visit the Huckleberry Boutique for autographed sets of The Wild Buck. Carousel Candies, is an iconic business acclaimed for hand made delights for over 55 years on Monterey Bay, California. Gourmet candy canes, hand dipped gourmet confections with Belgian chocolate and decedent gift baskets are a thrill for all. Molly and Fern LOVE the Christmas themed holiday apples, hand made Christmas hard sugar candy candle holders, salt water taffy, old style ribbon candy and the perfect stuffing stuffer; giant three foot hand made candy canes!
The Wild Buck, and it’s coordinating merchandise, has been awarded a gold medal. The ‘Moonbeam Award’ brings recognition to exemplary children’s books and celebrates life-long reading.
Having a blast on the ‘Shagbag Show’ (tune in at 9am PST each Saturday) at 1460 am or 101.1 FM (KION) or shagbag.com
Visiting Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey, CA or Carmel-by-the-Sea? Stop by ‘Thinker Toys’ for a gift set, featuring flower hair barrettes and an autographed book in a gift wrapped package:
Autographed book and gift sets available in Monterey, CA ‘Fisherman’s Wharf’ (Carousel Candies at the Huckleberry Hill Confectionary Boutique). Look for the ‘pretty in pink’ building with authentic taffy puller! The Wild Buck is also available at independent stores across America and Canada.
Carousel Candies, Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf:
Thinker Toys, a majestic toy store in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA and at Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA carries The Wild Buck. Look for the toy soldiers at Del Monte Center (adjacent to Starbucks and Macy’s) or look for the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Carmel location! Thinker Toys is a favorite with visitors and locals alike!
Unplug with Huckleberry Hill Adventure:
Visit our Huckleberry Hill Boutique for unique Pacific Coast inspired gift items. International shipping available.
Life handing you lemons? Make cello via our love limoncello boutique!
Huckleberry Hill ‘flower power‘ is adorable:
The ‘Molly and Fern’ selection has several lines of products including The Love Collection, Huckleberry Hill Holiday-our limited edition Christmas line and a traditional Molly and Fern array of products.
Bella Sophia approved, California pride Huckleberry Hill Surf Cub products are very popular:
The Wild Buck Collection has wonderful human and pampered pet gifts:
The Italian Influenced-California Lifestyle boutique section has unique items based on Del Monte Forest:
The Wild Buck, Adventures on Huckleberry Hill, Book 1
Join Molly and Fern in search of a wild buck in this heartwarming tale. Creative sister Molly loves daydreaming. Fern can’t sit still. Nonna Frances creates Italian inspired culinary delights. They make a fun and enthralling team. Each chapter includes a delicious recipe. Bake with wild California huckleberries. Explore the nature and fauna of a world famous evergreen climate. This engaging story is majestically set in Del Monte Forest, along the rustic central coast. Return to Huckleberry Hill often. What adventures shall we plan next?
-Carmel Pine Cone Article-
Book by P.B. writer urges kids to get out and explore
By KELLY NIX
THE TALE of two girls on a quest to find an elusive wild buck in Del Monte Forest — and all the magnificent distractions they encounter along the way — is the subject of a new children’s book by a Pebble Beach author.
In the “The Wild Buck,” written by Maxine Carlson, sisters Molly and Fern live in a “sprawling” house atop Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach but frequently venture outside, which leads them on a search for a mysterious wild buck.
“The book really features the flora and fauna and unique setting of Pebble Beach,” Carlson told The Pine Cone about the book, which is illustrated by Drew McSherry.
The girls, during their exploration of the forest, come across many other natural elements typical of the Monterey Peninsula; quail, woodpeckers, banana slugs, honeysuckle, huckleberries, Monterey pines, and the aroma of the Pacific Ocean.
“And always misty fog,” Carlson said.
The book, Carlson explained, features an important and relevant message for 21st century, tech-savvy kids, who are often glued to their electronic devices: get out and enjoy nature more often.
“Have adventures wherever you are and really explore your environment,” she said. “You can’t do that if you are only doing screen time.”
Carlson, 47, based Molly on herself, and Fern on her real- life sister, Francine, 45, both of whom grew up in Pebble Beach and were regularly encouraged by their grandmother, Frances Davi-Cardinalli, to go into the open and play. When they were growing up, iPods and iPads weren’t invented yet and the forest was their playground.
“Back then we were always outside, and that’s what kept our imagination going,” she said.
Nonna, as they called their grandma, was a good cook, and coming together to eat as a family was an essential part of their Italian heritage and culture. That’s why Carlson decided to include some of her Nonna’s recipes in “The Wild Buck.”
The story is the first in the Huckleberry Hill Adventure Series, which Carlson said includes three written but yet-to- be published tales also set throughout the Monterey Peninsula, including one in Carmel.
My name is Maxine Carlson. My husband Eric, daughter Bella Sophia and dog Snowball are the light of my life (photo below). I am following my dream of writing and publishing children’s books. Follow my family as we have Italian inspired culinary and life adventures on Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach California.
Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. Molly)
MORE FUN ILLUSTRATIONS BY TALENTED ARTIST DREW McSHERRY: